Novel Micro-Capillary Electrochromatography for Mars Organic Detector

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX08CD08P
Agency Tracking Number: 074972
Amount: $99,695.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: S1.09
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Los Gatos Research
67 East Evelyn Avenue, Suite 3, Mountain View, CA, 94041-1518
DUNS: 928805761
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Hong Jiao
 Principal Investigator
 (650) 965-7772
 h.jiao@lgrinc.com
Business Contact
 Anthony O'Keefe
Title: CEO
Phone: (808) 826-7031
Email: a.okeefe@lgrinc.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Los Gatos Research proposes to develop a powerful new technology - next generation Micro-Capillary Electrochromatography – a high performance and low power consumption microfluidic sample separation device suited for separating organic molecules as signatures of past and present life on Mars. In particular, these micro-devices will be engineered for integration with NASA's Mars Organic Detector. For the Phase I effort, we will design, construct, and test the micro-CEC chips. The Phase I research will address issues related to performance as well as production methods that can be used for the technology, as well as designing and determining the integrated micro-device and the Phase II prototype. In the Phase II effort, we will integrate the micro-CEC prototypes with the existing micro-CE analyzers as a dual micro-CE/micro-CEC system capable of separating all neutral and charged organic molecules as targeted by Urey, thus provide new capabilities for NASA sample separation instrumentation development.

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